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Reich [X360 PS3 PC – Cancelled]

Reich is a cancelled FPS that was in development by Ignition Entertainment Florida for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Other than blade and fire weapons, the main character would have had some powerful telekinetic abilities, as seen in the awesome leaked videos below, from noigniton’s Youtube Channel. The game was set in a sort of post-apocalyptic Germany, in which a new totalitarian regime would have ruled the country. Some features of the game were:

  • Unreal Engine 3 (modified w/ deferred lighting, physics engine was custom-made, and some other techy stuff)
  • Game was based on the idea that “Ambrosia” fueled your “psi-powers”.
  • Psi blades were blades attached to arms (think Baraka from MK3). This was eventully ditched.
  • Art direction for 6 month was to not have any curves in art. so everything was flat like boxes. Many people hated it.
  • Planned release for 10-10-10

As we can read on Develop Online, Reich was cancelled after the management executive of the studio mismanaged over $20 millions of funds that were meant to be used to finish the game:

The recent collapse of Ignition’s Florida studio, which left some 70 developers without a job, put the Reich project to a premature end.

Reich looked really promising, but sadly we’ll never be able to play it because of economic and management issues.

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This is Vegas [X360 PS3 – Cancelled]

This is Vegas is an action / sandbox game that was in development for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 since 2006 / 2007  by Midway Games / Surreal Software, but sadly it seems that the game was cancelled in fall / late 2009.  Due to Midway’s financial troubles in 2009 the company sold certain assets to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment which included This is Vegas and developer Surreal Software. SS then worked on some animations and characters for Snowblind’s LotR: War in the North. In December/January 2010 there were some layoffs and departures and in June 2010 the studio was closed down. 4 years of work on This is Vegas went directly into the bin.

Here is an introduction to This is Vegas’ story from an old Gamespot preview:

The game’s story follows you, an unnamed nobody, as you arrive in Vegas with 50 dollars in your pocket and hazy goals. As luck would have it, you’ll cross paths with Joey Nissan, a local “entrepreneur” who winds up working to get you in with the Vegas crowd. From the sound of it, this bit in the game will be your license to be decadent as you play. Of course, all good things don’t last forever, and soon you meet your nemesis: Preston Boyer, a fast food tycoon bent on cleaning up Vegas to be a family-friendly tourist trap. This doesn’t exactly fly far with you and your new crowd, so your goal will be to stop Boyer and preserve the town’s special atmosphere.

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Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler´s Green [PC XBOX – Beta]

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler´s Green is a FPS create by brainbox and published by groove games, its a prequel to the movie Land of the Dead, the game was announced shortly after City of the Dead was cancelled. Few differences can be seen in these beta screenshots:

Jack was originally using gloves

A removed objective “find another gun in the barn” and beta zombie

beta zombies

final zombies

I don´t remember this level

Dot turns red when you aim at the zombie

possibly early police department level

in the trailer you can see jack gloves, and instead of the “stranger” model zombie take the hammer and break the wall, the human model of doctor breaks, rather than using the zombie version.

Thanks to Vicente for the contribution!

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NBA Elite 11 [X360 PS3 – Cancelled]

NBA Elite 11 is a cancelled basketball game that was in development by Electronic Arts for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, meant to be the first installment in the NBA Elite series, succeeding EA’s NBA Live series. As we can read in Wikipedia, NBA Elite 11 was originally planned to be released on October 2010, but the game was delayed until March 2011 due to “concerns about gameplay polish”. Basically, the game had too many problems, gamers we not happy with the demo and EA decided to cancel it.

The game’s cancellation was officially announced on November 2010 and development of the franchise was moved from EA’s Black Box studio to its Florida-based Tiburon studio. EA has stated that it will instead release free DLC for last year’s NBA Live 10, including roster updates for the 2010–11 NBA season.

Some more info can be found at Escapist Magazine website:

EA recently conducted “seasonal layoffs,” though the company says its current restructuring efforts are “relatively small.” Part of this restructuring appears to be moving the NBA Elite series, which it does plan to bring back in the future, from EA Black Box to EA Tiburon.

Analysts estimated that NBA Elite 11’s delay was going to cost EA somewhere in the realm of $60 million with around 1 million in lost sales for this fiscal year, so now those estimated numbers may be straight up losses. NBA Elite 11 was reportedly delayed over quality concerns, which freed up pack-in NBA Jam for a solo release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Thanks to Federico for the contribution!

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Gunhead [X360 PS3 – Pitch / Cancelled?]

Gunhead is an action game that was in development by Electronic Arts Vancouver, but very little is known about this project other than a few concept arts that were leaked and posted in gaming forums in december 2009. It seems that Gunhead was an internal pitch at EA that will never see a release, as we can assume from the following quote published on Blue’s News:

On the off chance you were interested in more info on this EA project, the gist of it is that the main character is a guy whose head is a gun. That’s it,” he tells us. “EA has been trying to get this game made for ages now. … It was a pretty lame idea, and we had no real interest in developing it for them. Every so often, I hear it pop up here and there, and it makes me laugh that they are still trying. I really must wonder who’s baby the idea is for it to not have died a well deserved death yet…

The concept arts look really nice, so we can hope that more screens or videos could be preserved in the future.

Thanks to Hey Hey for the contribution!

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